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Carmen Ejogo Will Play Coretta Scott King Opposite David Oyelowo in ‘Selma’

Carmen Ejogo Will Play Coretta Scott King Opposite David Oyelowo in 'Selma'

Carmen Ejogo is in negotiations to play Coretta Scott King in the highly anticipated Ava Duvernay-directed Selma, which follows Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo), and the 1965 landmark voting rights campaign, regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. 
Married to Dr. King in June 18, 1953, Coretta Scott King was an influential activist during the African-American civil rights era in the 1960s, marching alongside her husband during the Selma Voting Rights Movement. 
We last told you that Bradford Young was brought on board as Director of Photography in the upcoming film, produced by Oprah Winfrey, Christian Colson, Pathe UK, Brad Pitt‘s Plan B, and distributed by Paramount. 
If you recall, Ejogo played Coretta Scott King opposite Jeffrey Wright in the 2001 HBO film Boycott, directed by Clark Johnson.

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Black american actors are being replaced by foreign born blacks and everyone is acting like it's no big deal. There are many talented and beautiful black actors doing theater but there is no effort to find them and enhance their profiles.

julius hollingsworth

Lovely actress,but they just don't seem like a couple to me.Some of the others seem to be in the right age-range wise since the actor playing Martin is already picked.


Good for her! She was brilliant in Sprakle.


i was sure they were going to go with one of the bigger name girls like kerry washington or gabrielle union. i'm glad i was wrong because this woman is a real actor. good call.


Good for Carmen. She's a solid actress. Too bad ppl always go to Gabrielle, nia, and everyone else. Carmen can act circles around her contemporaries


As a Naija guy, I'm not so thrilled about this gradual but increasingly blanket africanization of black american Hollywood. A black Nigerian brit and a mixed Nigerian Brit playing the key roles in a notable film about MLK, the foremost African-American figure.

I know it has gone the other way as well, but its not like Chiwetel was going to play Mandela. Give some of these African-American actors/actresses a shot. Ana Duvernay is calling the shots so I guess it is what it is.


Does anyone know if Jeffrey Wright was ever considered for the lead as King? He was so amazing in the HBO movie, but he does strike me as the kind of actor who doesn't like to repeat himself. Congrats to Carmen. She's an underrated, and little seen, actress of great depth.

Peter Bosh

Of course she will. How lazy. They couldn't even take the time to find another actress and give her a shot. Tessa Thompson would have a great choice.



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